Board Chair

Karen Wells is a consultant in the field of health policy and planning. Ms. Wells has had a career in health care that spans 37 years in New Mexico. She is a registered nurse who worked as a direct care provider in hospital, nursing home, intensive care, home health care and hospice settings.

In addition to her work with the legislature, she is the former Executive Director of the Santa Fe Visiting Nurse Service, and the former Executive Director of the New Mexico Association for Home Care. She also worked in a national capacity for the National Association for Home Care as the Director of State Affairs, as Clinical Director of Presbyterian Medical Services and as Director of Policy and Planning for the New Mexico Aging and Long-Term Services Department.

Ms. Wells obtained her nursing degree, and a bachelor's degree from the College of Santa Fe, and a Masters in Public Administration from the University of New Mexico. She received certification as a medical-legal nurse consultant. She has an abiding interest in health policy, medical ethics, long-term care and end-of-life issues.